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Yacht caught in fishing gear assisted by Poole volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat was launched by UK Coastguard at 12.50 Saturday (September 7) to assist a 36ft yacht that had got entangled in fishing gear, 2 miles from the entrance of the harbour.

The vessel with 1 person on-board was stuck fast, conditions in the Poole Bay were slight, with a north westerly 2-3.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene, they found the yacht snared.

A crewman went in the water, with the lifeboat alongside working together to untangle the yacht from the fishing gear, the lifeboat crew eased the vessel free.

It appeared that nothing untoward had happened to the vessel, so the yachtsman was happy to continue on his way.

The volunteers returned back to station and after washing down and refueling the lifeboat was ready for service by 2.30pm.

RNLI/Poole

A crew member assists from the water

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